Having lost out on the competition for the new job at work, I’ve been motivated to consider how to position myself for future advancement at the college. I’m trying to figure out what steps I can take to make myself a more attractive candidate. One way I’m looking into is to turn back towards education and find a part-time online program I can take to add more credentials to my name. I won’t dive too deep into what I’ve turned up yet, but I’m exploring a few options that could result in an additional bachelors degree in education, or even have me return for doctorate graduate studies.
Setting those aside for now, another way of improving myself is taking on additional roles and responsibility at work. This is not to say that I’m looking to make myself busier, or becoming a martyr to work. Instead, I’m looking at selectively adding roles that require me to learn more about curriculum and post-secondary education delivery.
I just got out of a meeting with my boss, where we discussed some avenues of growth she’s looking to take me in regarding student academic advising and program review process management. By necessity, these new roles will require me to understand how curriculum fits together, and how students progress through their programs. This deeper understanding will benefit me in the long-run and expose me to new areas of the college.
Coming out of this meeting, I reflected on my job at the college to date, and how it has evolved over time. I realized that for each September I have been here (new academic year), my job changed from the previous year.
I started out as a temporary research assistant.
The next year, I was an assistant for the program advisory committees.
Then I added program review support the following year.
At the start of this year, I began teaching and I took on a more significant role with program reviews. With this increased responsibility, my boss has also added academic advising at the start of 2017 – both to current and prospective students.
At each level, my job description has changed and evolved. I’ve lost some minor, menial tasks, and I’ve automated others to free up cognitive space. This is ultimately a good thing for me. While I’ve been slowly improving my place at work (moving from contract, to part time, to full time permanent, and slowly earning more money along the way), I’ve been turning heads and catching people’s attention. I may feel stagnant a times during the day-to-day grind, but it’s important to remind myself that I’ve been going nowhere but up since I started here.